US 25 once began in Michigan; however, in 1974 its route was truncated, and it now begins in Covington, Kentucky. From there it travels south along I-75. It passes through Georgetown, Lexington, Richmond, Mount Vernon, and London. In Corbin the road splits and becomes US 25E and US 25W. US 25W continues along I-75 and exits the state south of Williamsburg. US 25E passes through Pineville and Middlesboro and exits the state through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.
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US 25 Widening in Scott and Fayette Counties Delayed to 2011
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:48AM CDT
A project to widen part of US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown will be delayed until 2011: Lexington Herald-Leader: U.S. 25 expansion delayed to 2011 (Sept. 8, 2009)
Dixie Highway Project Alternatives Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:23AM CST
Alternatives for upgrading Dixie Highway in Kenton County were recently presented at a series of public meetings: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planning for the 'Dixie Fix' (Nov. 12, 2005)
Main Street in Richmond No Longer Four Lanes
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST
Main Street (US 25) in Madison County has been permanently reduced to two lanes with a continuous left turn lane. The new lane configuration is meant to reduce congestion caused by drivers making left turns.
More information: Richmond Register: Main Street no longer four lanes (Oct. 4, 2005)
US 25E Becomes Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:43PM CDT
Topics: [Bell County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [US 25]
Gov. Fletcher recently signed documents naming US 25E from Corbin to Middlesboro the Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail. Controversy arose in 2003 when outgoing Gov. Paul Patton (a Democrat) renamed the Daniel Boone Parkway in honor of sitting U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (a Republican).
More information: WKYT: Daniel Boone to get back on the road (Aug. 8, 2005) , Associated Press: Daniel Boone's name to go on Highway U.S. 25E (Aug. 9, 2005) , Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office: Governor Ernie Fletcher signs Executive Order naming southeastern Kentucky road after Daniel Boone (Aug. 9, 2005)
Dry Ridge Connector Opens
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:39PM CDT
A new connector route has opened in the Grant County city of Dry Ridge. The new route connects I-75 with US 25: Grant County News: Dry Ridge bypass opens (July 7, 2005) , (Covington) Kentucky Post: New Dry Ridge bypass is drawing accolades (Sept. 7, 2005)
Update on Northern Kentucky Projects
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:47AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Kenton County] [KY 1892] [KY 3490] [KY 536] [KY 547] [KY 8] [US 25] [US 27]
The Cincinnati Enquirer has provided a list of on-going road construction projects in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. roads: Construction project updates (June 6, 2005)
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Project Wraps Up
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:04AM CDT
A project to rehabilitate the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge was recently completed: Cincinnati Post: Clay Wade Bailey in good repair (May 14, 2005)
Northern Kentucky’s Dixie Highway under Scrutiny
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:48AM CST
Engineers have been examining how to change Dixie Highway to adapt to traffic. Some proposals include putting traffic lights along the road under control of human operators. Dixie Highway runs parallel to I-71/I-75, and receives some of I-71/I-75’s traffic whenever an accident forces a closure of the interstate.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Busy Dixie under scrutiny (March 13, 2005)
Effort Renews to Name Highway for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2005 5:27AM CST
Topics: [2005 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Perry County] [US 25]
Another legislative session brings about another effort to rename a highway in honor of Daniel Boone. Current efforts are focused on renaming US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro—which roughly follows the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail—in honor of the early explorer. The former Daniel Boone Parkway between London and Hazard is likely to remain named for U.S. Representative Hal Rogers.
The Boone Society has posted a petition requesting that US 25E be renamed in honor of Daniel Boone on their website: The Boone Society
Astute observers will note that the text of the sidebar on the above referenced article is taken almost word-for-word from my topic describing the Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway.
Daniel Boone’s Descendants Unhappy with State’s Politicians
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:15AM CST
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [2005 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [Perry County] [US 25]
Descendants of Daniel Boone feel slighted by Kentucky politicians. First Paul Patton had the Daniel Boone Parkway renamed the Hal Rogers Parkway, and then state legislature failed to either re-rename the Hal Rogers Parkway or rename another road in honor of Boone.
Beverage Replaces Yowell as State Highway Engineer
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:21AM CST
Topics: [Bell County] [Cumberland Gap] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [US 25]
Today, Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Sam Beverage, PE as State Highway Engineer. The State Highway Engineer works with the Commissioner of Highways to administer the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the more than 27,000 miles of state maintained roads in Kentucky. Beverage has previously served the transportation cabinet as Chief District Engineer for District 6, District 10, and District 11. Earlier this year, Gov. Fletcher appointed Beverage as Chief District Engineer for both Districts 10 and 11. Beverage also previously served as Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Beverage will replace J.M. “Mac” Yowell. Since becoming State Highway Engineer in 1992, Yowell has served under three governors: Jones, Patton, and Fletcher. At twelve years, he was the longest serving state highway engineer in the nation. Yowell will continue to serve the cabinet in the capacity of an executive advisor.
Among the transportation cabinet’s accomplishments during Yowell’s tenure was the completion of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Yowell was a driving force behind the completion of that project.
Rehabilitation Work Underway on Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:56PM CDT
Work is underway to replace joints and replace the deck of the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington. The bridge, which shares piers with the neighboring C&O railroad bridge, opened in 1974 and carries US 25, US 127, and US 42 into Cincinnati.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Quick rehab gives Clay Wade new life (August 24, 2004)
Kenton County’s Dixie Highway Might go on a Diet
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:15AM CDT
At a recent meeting of the Dixie Highway Corridor Advisory Committee several ideas were proposed for reducing congestion on Dixie Highway in Kenton County. Among the proposals were construction of traffic roundabouts at several intersections, coordination of traffic lights, and a road “diet.” The diet would consist of reducing the highway from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction and adding a continuous center left turn lane. None of these proposals are final, and the group is expected to publish a report on possible solutions in June of 2005.
More information: Kentucky Post: Highway May Get New Look (July 9, 2004)
Security Stepped Up at Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:09AM CDT
WYMT Mountain News reports on security around the Cumberland Gap Tunnel: WYMT Mountain News: Homeland Security Officials Look For Potential Terrorist Targets (June 25, 2004)
Fifteen Projects Moved from Six-Year Plan to “Unscheduled Needs” List
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:18AM CST
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When the 2004 Recommended Six-Year Highway Plan was released Transportation Cabinet Secretary Maxwell Clay Bailey assured legislators that no projects had been removed the 2002 Six-Year Plan; however, the Courier-Journal has found that fifteen projects scheduled under the 2002 plan were moved to the unscheduled needs list in the new 2004 plan.
More information: Courier-Journal: 15 projects cut from road plan (March 3, 2004) , WKYT: 15 Kentucky Road Projects Cut Due To Budget Crisis (March 4, 2004) , Hardin County News Enterprise: State drops I-65 widening (March 5, 2004)
Georgetown By-pass Maybe Completed by 2010
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:40AM CST
In an article that no longer appears to be online, the Georgetown News-Graphic reports that the final leg of the Georgetown Bypass would be completed in 2010 under the proposed six-year highway plan. Construction on the bypass originally began in 1994 when the section eastern half of the bypass from US 25 south to US 25 north was completed. In 1997, the southwestern stretch of the bypass between US 460 west and US 25 south was constructed.
Under the proposed six year highway plan, right of way purchases for the stretch of the bypass between US 460 west and US 25 north would begin in 2007. Actual construction of the road would begin in 2010.
More information: Hartman, Chas. J. "Final leg of bypass could end in 2010." Georgetown (Ky.) News-Graphic 27 Feb 2004.
Bill Would Keep Hal Rogers Parkway Name and Name Second Route for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Perry County] [US 25]
The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would keep the name Hal Rogers Parkway on the London-Harzard parkway and would name US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro the “Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail.” The house hopes that this compromise will be acceptable since US 25E roughly follows the path of Wilderness Trail. Daniel Boone helped blaze the Wilderness Trail in 1769. The path through the Cumberland Gap helped open Kentucky to settlement.
More information: WKYT: Daniel Boone May Have Another Road Named for Him (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: House votes to name highway for Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Resolution would name road after Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Part of U.S. 25E could be Daniel Boone Trail (Feb. 21, 2004) , Legislative Research Commission: Text of 2004 Regular Session House Joint Resolution 7
Update (Feb. 24, 2004): More information: Middlesboro Daily News: Bill would name 25E for Daniel Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Wilderness trail may bear Daniel Boone's name (Feb. 23, 2004)
Cumberland Gap Tunnel Tests New Camera System
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:34AM CST
Personnel at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel have begun testing a new camera system. The new cameras are meant to improve the ability to monitor traffic conditions and improve tunnel security.
More information: WYMT: Tunnel Operates With New Technology (Feb. 14, 2004)
Preacher William Boyd Bingham II Dies
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
Preacher William Boyd Bingham II of Middlesboro died last week. The preacher, who was a minister for 60 years, helped campaign for the construction of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and the elimination of the dangerous highway through the gap.
Cumberland Gap Tunnel Plans Lane Closures
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:20PM CST
The Cumberland Gap Tunnel Authority in the process of installing new variable message signs along the approaches to the tunnel and inside the tunnel itself. This week work will be underway to install new signs in the tunnel itself. There will be temporary lane closures in both directions. Motorists are asked to obey speed limit signs and be mindful of tunnel employees.
State Legislator Proposes Two Names for Hal Rogers Parkway; Patton Proposes Renaming US-25E to Honor Boone
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:03AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [Perry County] [US 25]
State Representative Brent Yonts has filed a resolution to place two names on the parkway connecting London and Hazard. Yonts proposes the parkway be officially known as both the Hal Rogers Parkway and the Daniel Boone Parkway. He hopes that the compromise proposal will please those wishing to keep Daniel Boone.s name on the parkway and still provide recognition for U.S. congressman Hal Rogers. Rep. Rogers helped secure federal money to remove tolls from the parkway; In May, Governor Paul Patton directed that the parkway be renamed as the Hal Rogers Parkway. Yonts. resolution cannot be voted on until the General Assembly convenes in January.
Meanwhile, Governor Patton proposed renaming US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro to honor Daniel Boone. US 25E generally follows the route of Boone.s Wilderness Road. The road has been upgraded to four lanes over the pass 20 years.
More information: Courier-Journal: E. Kentucky parkway could get 2 names (Sept. 11, 2003) , Associated Press: Patton Makes Suggestion To Solve Parkway Uproar (Sept. 19, 2003) , Courier-Journal: Governor would name U.S.25E for Boone to defuse controversy (Sept. 20, 2003)
Whitley County Road Named for Hal Rogers
Posted: 29-Aug-2003 7:56PM CDT
Another road has been named for Hal Rogers. Hal Rogers Boulevard is a new connector street designed to improve access to Whitley County High School from US 25W.
More information: Corbin Times-Tribune: New road to bear Rogers' name (Aug. 19, 2003)
Archaeological Dig Underway as Part of Scott County US 25 Expansion in Scott County
Posted: 14-Aug-2003 12:03AM CDT
Archaeologists are conducting investigations of several sites along US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown as preparation work for major widening of the road. Actual construction of the route is expected to begin in late 2006 or early 2007.
Lexington's Richmond Road Being Widened to Six Lanes
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT
1.3 miles of Richmond Road are being widened to six-lanes.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a website with information about the Richmond Road project at us25.ky.gov . The site includes a construction schedule, maps of the project, and photographs relating to the project.
More information: Herald-Leader: Richmond Road work to begin Monday (Mar. 27, 2003)
Site Feature: I-75 Clay's Ferry Bridge Photos
Posted: 16-Jul-2003 9:29AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [Interstate 75] [KY 2328] [Madison County] [Site Features] [US 25] [US 421]
When the first part of this bridge opened in 1946 it was the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. Today it is still an engineering wonder; two parallel bridges were joined together by a third bridge to form one continuous roadway. On July 5, 2003, I took these pictures of the I-75's crossing of the Kentucky River: the Clay's Ferry Bridge.
Dry Ridge to Get New Connector Route
Posted: 3-Nov-2002 8:11PM CST
COVINGTON, Ky.-- (September 16, 2002) –Transportation Secretary James Codell III along with local and state officials held a groundbreaking ceremony in Dry Ridge today to celebrate the beginning of construction of the East Dry Ridge Connector. Rifle Coal Company, in joint venture with Judy Construction Company, has been awarded the $9.5 million contract and will start construction by September 21, 2002. The project includes the construction of a new three lane connector route from US 25 south of Dry Ridge…east of the Norfolk Southern Railroad…then over the Norfolk Southern Railroad before tying into KY 22 near the I-75 Interchange. Secretary Codell said the new connector will benefit the people of Dry Ridge in three ways. "This new route will provide better access to the Dry Ridge Industrial Park…provide a safer way for motorists to cross the railroad tracks and…alleviate traffic congestion through the downtown area."
Kentucky Highways Added to 'America's Byways' Program
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:54AM CDT
Three new America's Byways have been designated in Kentucky. These include US 23, "The Country Music Highway," in Eastern Kentucky; KY 15, "The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway;" and parts of US 25 and KY 229 which form "The Wilderness Road Heritage Highway." The National Scenic Byways Program was started in 1991 to preserve historic and scenic highways. It is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. These three routes are the first America's Byways to be designated in Kentucky.
More information: FHWA Press Release (June 13, 2002) , Messenger-Inquirer: Kentucky Routes Join America's Byways List (June 13, 2002) , Courier-Journal: Three routes added to scenic byway system (June 14, 2002) , Herald-Leader: Three roads are first in state added to America's Byways (June 14, 2002)
Planners Seek to Improve US 25 in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 23-Jan-2002 4:19PM CST
According to this Kentucky Post article , county officials, planners, and engineers are seeking to make improvements to US 25 Dixie Highway in Northern Kentucky. They call it Kenton County's most pressing road need. Dixie Highways runs parallel to I-75, and traffic is increasingly shifting from I-75 to Dixie Highway. Plans have been around for nearly 20 years to improve the road.
More Details on Transportation Spending Bill
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:28AM CST
Topics: [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Fayette County] [Interstate 66] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Pike County] [Pulaski County] [Travel Information] [US 25] [US 27]
After examining press releases from Congressman Fletcher (no longer online) and Congressman Rogers , I have learned more specific details about what projects Kentucky's money in the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation spending bill has been allocated for:
New Planning Studies Released
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:27PM CST
Topics: [Barren County] [Boone County] [Carter County] [Elizabethtown to Radcliff Connector] [Garrard County] [KY 52] [KY 90] [Lincoln County] [Madison County] [Other Routes] [US 25] [US 27] [Warren County]
A number of new planning studies have been released including a new connector near Grayson in Carter County , reconstruction of US 27 in Garrard and Lincoln Counties , reconstruction of KY 101 in Warren County , reconstruction of KY 90 in Barren County , and reconstruction of US 25 in Boone County .
Update: The KYTC has also launched two new websites devoted to particular projects: KY52.com for improvements to KY 52 in Garrard and Madison counties and E2RC.com for information about the Elizabethtown-Radcliff Connector.
Improvements to US 25 in Boone County Studied
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:08AM CST
The KYTC has released this information regarding a planning study for improvements to US 25 in Boone County.
Five Year Anniversary of Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Posted: 25-Oct-2001 5:33PM CDT
This KYTC press release commemorates the five year anniversary of the opening of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. The press release contains background information about the tunnel and several pictures of the tunnel.
Cumberland Gap Restoration
Posted: 22-Aug-2001 1:42AM CDT
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports more about the Cumberland Gap restoration project in this August 21, 2001 article (no longer online).
Old Cumberland Gap Road Being Removed
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:32AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 14, 2001 article (no longer online) that work has begun to remove all traces of the old US 25E through Cumberland Gap. The plans are to restore the area to how it would have looked in 1780. US 25E now travels through the Cumberland Gap tunnel which opened in 1996.
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